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In hearing God’s call through the Holy Spirit convicting the hearts of your clergy and staff, we are embarking on intentionally learning, praying, and acting for our part in addressing racism and racial reconciliation. We do this holy work as a constituent part of participating in God’s mission to restore all people to unity with God and one another in Christ. Click here for a Pastoral Statement.

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Join the Racial Reconciliation Interest Group in Realm
A new group has formed in our online platform, Realm, to provide space to glean opportunities to Learn, Pray, and Act for racial reconciliation. You are encouraged to join this group so you can share resources and also learn from others. Log in to Realm, Click "Find Groups" and look for "Racial Reconciliation Interest Group." It may be listed under "Service." You can also contact staff to be added to the group.

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN

Sacred Ground
A film-based dialogue series on Race and Faith, Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.

Sacred Ground is being hosted by the Virginia Theological Seminary (an Episcopal seminary) on Mondays July 13 & 20, August 3, 17, & 31, and September 14, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Register here.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO PRAY

Pray the following Episcopal Litany for Social Justice.

 

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OPPORTUNITIES TO ACT

Take the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge through the Richmond YWCA. MORE

Walk the Trail of Enslaved Africans (A.K.A. the Richmond Slave Trail)
Beginning at Ancarrow’s Landing and ending at the First African Baptist Church, the trail will take a couple of hours to walk each way. Before walking the trail, or if you are unable to walk the trail, view the following video until the 15:23 mark to see a Virginia Currents segment highlighting the trail. Stay on until the 21:49 mark to hear from Yewande Austin, a lecturer at VCU on Combating Racism. The video link is here.

 

 

 

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